Acid reflux

cake comic 7 copyAcid Reflux, another term for heartburn, is a problem which arises when stomach acid leaks back in the oesophagus instead of just remaining where it is supposed to be in the stomach.

Acid reflux is typically triggered by foods like chocolate, citrus fruits, spicy foods, including fried and fatty foods.

Alcohol and tobacco are potent triggers for heartburn.

It was once thought and recommended that drinking milk can be a rapid cure to alleviate acid reflux symptoms, but it turns out that milk produces an action and encourages the discharge of more stomach acid, causing, in turn, more acid reflux.

A wholesome, fibre rich diet rich in protein and complex carbohydrates the best diet. Quit all alcohol immediately, sugary snacks, fatty foods and smoking tobacco.

Chew your foods well and do not rush on eating. Try chewing each mouthful at least 20 times.

Eliminate from your diet all high-fat foods as these tend to stay in the stomach longer and as a result the stomach will be forced to produce more acid for digestion.

In addition, avoid eating large meals; this will also stimulate the stomach to produce more acids to digest them.

One of the medical specialist's recommendations is to add more plant protein in your diet, like beans and lentils.

Obviously is symptoms persist, you should get a medical consultation to rule out any underlying issue such as stomach ulcers and other conditions.

Losing weight is an excellent cure for acid reflux as less pressure on the stomach from the surrounding body fat enables it to function so much better and leak acid into the oesophagus less.


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